France and Monaco

For the last part of I was on a three week trip to explore France and Italy.  I started my journey in Paris.  It was gorgeous, French bread is delicious and the people are generally unhelpful.  I saw the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon, Versailles and the Louvre.  The Mona Lisa isn’t all that impressive in person.  I also don’t know how court ladies didn’t break their ankles with their heels on the cobblestones at Versailles.

Nice was my second stop.  It is absolutely gorgeous and has my favorite kind of beaches. Sandless !  They also have one of the finest examples of Russian Cathedral Architecture outside of Russia (and I’m not touching that with a 10 foot pole).

From there it was Menton/Monte Carlo for Easter.  It was again gorgeous and I enjoyed relaxing on the beach by my hotel.

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Trip Planning

Trip Planning is a lot of work!  Not only have a planned a three week tour through France and Italy visiting places like Paris, Milan, Florence, and Rome, but I also planned a mini break that will take me through Edinburgh, Brussels, Bruges, and the Picardy/Chamagne Region of France.  On top of that travel plans to get me to my internship and back to the States adds up to one girl who is now the master of Skyscanner and RailEurope.  I am excited as I can be to set out tomorrow for the first leg of my tour in Paris.  Who knows what I will see, do, and pick up along the way, but I am ready to find out.  It will also be exciting to celebrate Easter in Monaco though I will miss my family.

Tintern Abbey

I am taking an Archeology of Wales class and for my mid-term project we were to write a brochure in a ruin in Wales. I decided to do Tintern Abbey and because it is so close to Swansea I traveled and took some of my own photos to use for my project. Monmouthshire is a gorgeous area and traveling along the Wye river was almost like being back at my own personal bank of the Monocacy. It was a surreal experience to wander in the shadows of the Abbey and the area is so serene. Despite the train catastrophes that I experience before and after my journey to the Abbey it was great to see it. It was almost whymiscal to sit in the Abbey’s shade and eat some freshly churned ice-cream at the little tea house that is adjacent to it. I definitely can see why Tennyson set his “Tears, Idle Tears” poem there. On a practical note I am finding that pre-planning is not always effective in Wales